Jefferson City Council - Minutes - 1996

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MINUTES

CITY OF JEFFERSON COMMON COUNCIL MEETING

TUESDAY, november 19, 1996

 

The Tuesday, November 19, 1996, meeting of the City of Jefferson Common Council was called to order at 7:30 p.m. by Mayor Brawders. Members present: Ald. Wagner, Ald. Carnes, Ald. Rogers, Ald. Polk, Ald. Wendt, Ald. Oppermann and Ald. Beyer. Ald. Wendorf was absent. Also present was City Administrator Schornack, City Attorney Scheibel, Police Chief Besel, City Engineer Ludwig and Administrative Assistant Sellnow.

communications

Ald. Wagner wished School Superintendent Holly DeMotts good luck on his new job. The City of Jefferson will miss Mr. DeMotts.

Mayor Brawders read a memo from Parks, Recreation & Forestry Director Endl stating that on November 13, 1996, the Wisconsin Park and Recreation Association (WPRA), Park Section, recognized the City of Jefferson Park, Recreation and Forestry Department with it's Park Design Award Program's "Award of Excellence". A formal presentation to the Common Council will be made at their December 3, 1996, meeting.

public participation

Mike Sullivan of 757 Hyer Drive reiterated his support for keeping the dam and requested that the Common Council be conscious of the amount of multifamily housing in the city and control it.

Mr. Ed Soleska, 200 W. Milwaukee, first stated that he wanted to pay tribute to Mr. Mike Kelly, the city's Wastewater Treatment Plant Superintendent, for his diligent work correcting the sewer discharge problems found when the dam was opened and the river was low.

Mr. Soleska then spoke in favor of retaining the dam in the City of Jefferson and stated that he has spoken to the DNR and the UW Extension and sited several environmental reasons for keeping the dam.

Mr. Donald Wegner, 210 South Braun, City of Jefferson Fire Chief, spoke in favor of retaining the dam for safety reasons. He stated that the river can be used like a big fire hydrant. If there would ever be a major downtown fire or large industrial fire at Doskocil, the fire department could place their hoses directly into the river to pump water to fight the fire. The Department tried to place their equipment into the river while the dam was open and they found they could not reach the water.

Mr. Don Kraus of 702 Windsor Terrace thanked the Council for their vote two weeks ago to retain the dam.

Mr. Randy Schopen, owner of Capn's Corner, Town of Aztalan, stated that he believed the dam should be retained. It is needed to keep the aesthetic value of the river for possible future businesses that may be built in the area.

Mr. Dave Lorbecki of 714 Windsor Terrace stated that he was in favor of retaining the dam, however, he doesn't believe a Lake District will work. Mr. Lorbecki advised that the Council go forward with the Lake Association and work with the townships.

Mr. Lesley Block of 417 S. Whitewater, stated that he was in favor of tearing out the dam. Mr. Block stated that he had also talked to the DNR and UW Extension and reiterated several environmental reasons for removing the dam.

Mr. Ron Rieck of 404 N. Midway stated that he fishes the Rock River waters north of the dam and caught walleye in August and September.

Mr. Allen Peters of 217 Hillebrand Drive stated that the river is not dead. Over the years he continues to catch walleye, blue gill, crappie, and catfish.

Mr. Rob Mercer of 216 S. Whitewater, stated that he was in favor of keeping the dam and that the dam should be improved with fish ladders.

Mr. Tim Bare of 223 W. North Street stated that the Council should replace the dam. If $750,000 could be spend on the downtown area, he believes the City should be able to spend $200,000 on the dam.

Mr. Dave Schroeder of 765 Lucas Lane stated that the best fishing is on the north end of the Rock River.

Mr. Jerry Keiser of 303 W. Clark spoke in favor of the dam.

Ms. Cindy Lenius of N5331 Watertown Road also spoke in favor of the dam. She stated that the argument of the Fire Chief to keep the dam so that the water can be reached in case of fire should be enough of a reason to keep the dam.

Mr. Mike Bolger of 218 S. Braun stated that Jefferson is known for its river as far away as Indiana, Illinois and Iowa. Fishermen come for the fishing above and below the dam.

Al Foskett, 522 West Linden, stated his support for the dam. He believes that if we remove the dam, the Rock River will look worse than the Crawfish does now. People would see weeds go up on the banks, not nice grasses and cattails.

water & electric superintendent's report

Water & Electric Superintendent Bruce Folbrecht reported that Well #5 is now complete and went on line November 1.

AMERICAN EDUCATION WEEK PROCLAMATION

Mayor Brawders read the following proclamation:

WHEREAS, The schools represent a major investment by any community; and

WHEREAS, Teachers are a most important part of our community's leadership; and

WHEREAS, Schools represent the best possible avenue of improving the quality of life in our Country; and

WHEREAS, Involved citizenry provide a most important facet in the community schools; and

WHEREAS, There is a need for better communication and a more cooperative relationship between professional educators and the community; now, therefore, I, Mayor Arnold Brawders of the City of Jefferson, do hereby design and declare November 17-23, 1996, to be American Education Week and do urge all citizens to:

Reaffirm their commitment to improving and supporting education at all levels; and

Translate this commitment into action by visiting our local schools.

consent agenda

Ald. Wagner introduced Resolution No. 115.

CITY OF JEFFERSON
RESOLUTION nO. 115

BE IT RESOLVED by the Common Council of the City of Jefferson that the consent agenda for November 19, 1996, is hereby adopted.

The consent agenda for tonight includes:

Licenses as recommended by the Regulatory Committee.
A Combination Class "B" license to Richard Lien, The Depot, 211 South Gardner Avenue, Jefferson, WI 53549 (Liquor and Beer) November 20, 1996 through June 30, 1997.

Operator's Licenses to: Eric J. Gerlach, 123 North Sanborn Avenue, Jefferson, WI 53549; Donna Gleiter, N5061 Thrush Lane, Jefferson, WI 53549; Laura J. Lueck, 212 North Third Street, Fort Atkinson, WI 53538; David F. Gross, 933 Erick Street, Fort Atkinson, WI 53538; and Bernitha M.E. Casey, 137 North Main Street, Jefferson, WI 53549, contingent upon completion of Bartender Awareness Course. A license for Tanya L. Smith, PO Box 6, Fort Atkinson, WI 53538 was not considered until proof of license in another municipality..

Special Class "B" Licenses to: JC Riders, Inc., Jefferson County Activity Center, Jefferson, WI 53549, February 1-2, 1997.(Beer and Wine); and to Conquista Club, Jefferson County Activity Center, December 7-8, 1996, and January 4-5, 1997 contingent upon full payment of past-due bills. (Beer)

Ald. Wagner, seconded by Ald. Rogers moved to approve Resolution No. 115. On call of the roll, the motion carried unanimously.

Mayor Brawders then announced that item #13. Resolution No. 120 - Rescinding Resolution No. 114 Authorizing the Repair of the Rock River Dam in Jefferson, would be moved up the agenda and be addressed at this time.

rescinding resolution no. 114

Ald. Oppermann introduced Resolution No. 120.

city of jefferson

resolution no. 120

BE IT RESOLVED by the Common Council of the City of Jefferson that Resolution No. 114 Authorizing the Repair of the Rock River Dam in Jefferson is hereby rescinded.

Ald. Oppermann, seconded by Ald. Polk moved to approve Resolution No. 120.

Ald. Oppermann explained that this resolution was drafted after receiving new information from City Attorney Scheibel on exactly how the DNR 50% funding would work with contributions from groups outside of the City of Jefferson. The only purpose for rescinding Resolution No. 114 is to clear the way for a more appropriately worded resolution after further meetings with the townships and associations interested in contributing to the repair of the dam.

Ald. Oppermann stated that the rescinding of this resolution does not mean that the City Council has decided to remove the dam, only to rethink our funding options for the repair of the dam.

Ald. Beyer stated that she believed the resolution should not be rescinded. The City should fund whatever is necessary to move forward with the repair of the dam.

Ald. Carnes inquired as to what the ramifications would be if we did not rescind Resolution No. 114 tonight.

The City Attorney explained that the Council could wait until a new funding plan has been agreed upon, and at that time rescind the current resolution in favor of a new draft.

Ald. Rogers reiterated that she is in favor of the repair of the dam, but against total funding by the City.

Ald. Polk stated that personally he would like to see the dam repaired but not if the entire cost, which could range from $200,000 to $300,000, was the responsibility of the City. He will be in favor of the repair only if outside contributions and/or DNR funding can be obtained.

Ald. Wagner stated that he would oppose the rescinding of Resolution No. 114. He feels that the people have spoken and the City should go forward with the repairs.

Ald. Wendt stated that he is not in favor of the removal of the dam.

Roll was then called on Resolution No. 120, which would rescind Resolution No. 114 Authorizing the repair of the Rock River Dam in Jefferson. On call of the roll: Ald. Polk and Ald. Oppermann voted aye; Ald. Carnes, Ald. Rogers, Ald. Wendt, Ald. Beyer and Ald. Wagner voted no. The motion was defeated on a vote of 5 to 2.

proposed ordinance to repeal and replace a portion of section 17.08 of the municipal code concerning ground signs

Ald. Wendt introduced Ordinance #23-96 for its second reading.

CITY OF JEFFERSON

PROPOSED ORDINANCE #23-96

An ordinance to repeal and recreate Section 17.08(3)(c) of the Municipal Code related to Ground Signs.

The Common Council of the City of Jefferson, Wisconsin, do ordain as follows:

Section 1. Section 17.08(3)(c ) of the Municipal Code related to Ground Signs is hereby repealed and recreated as follows:

Section 2. Section 17.08(3)(c ). Ground Signs. Will be permitted in lieu of signs mounted on building facades. For commercial businesses not located in shopping centers one free standing sign will be permitted. The area of this sign shall not exceed 100 sq. ft. on one side and 200 sq. ft. on all faces; and shall not exceed 30 feet in height.

Section 3. This ordinance shall take effect and be in full force after passage and publication as provided by law.

Ald. Wendt, seconded by Ald. Wagner moved to approve Proposed Ordinance #23-96.

City Engineer Dan Ludwig explained that the current ordinance on ground signs is too vague and conflicts with other sign ordinances in our code. This recreated ordinance will provide consistency with other parts of our code.

On call of the roll, the motion carried unanimously to approve Ordinance #23-96.

repealing and replacing a section of the municipal code related to site grades

Ald. Rogers introduced Ordinance #24-96 for its first reading.

CITY of jefferson
proposed ordinance #24-96

An Ordinance to Repeal and Recreate Section 17.02(6)(a) of the Municipal Code Related to the Establishment of Grades.

The Common Council of the City of Jefferson, Wisconsin, do ordain as follows:

Section 1. Section 17.02(6)(a) of the Municipal Code related to establishment of grades is hereby repealed and recreated as follows:

Section 2. Section 17.02(6)(a) Establishment of Grades. Every building hereafter erected, structurally altered, or relocated shall be at a grade demonstrated by the applicant to be in satisfactory relationship with the established grades, or with the existing street grades where none is established, with particular consideration for proper drainage and safe vehicular access.

Section 3. This ordinance shall take effect and be in full force after passage and publication as provided by law.

This is a first reading.

authorizing national appraisal to conduct a market revaluation of the city of jefferson as of january 1, 1997

Ald. Wagner introduced Resolution No. 116.

CITY OF JEFFERSON
RESOLUTION nO. 116

BE IT RESOLVED by the Common Council of the City of Jefferson that the City Administrator is hereby authorized to execute the attached contract by and between National Appraisal and the City of Jefferson for the market revaluation of the City of Jefferson as of January 1, 1997, in an amount not to exceed $22,000.

Ald. Wagner, seconded by Ald. Oppermann moved to approve Resolution No. 116.

Ald. Oppermann stated that the Finance Committee unanimously recommends this resolution.

Ald. Wagner, seconded by Ald. Beyer moved to amend Resolution No. 116 to state that the assessed value only be brought up to 94% instead of 100% to decrease the impact to the taxpayers.

Ald. Wendt explained that if the assessed value is not brought up to at least 100%, it will cause another revaluation to be necessary in a couple of years.

Ald. Oppermann stated that with the TIF District being closed in 1997 and the full value of the district being added to the tax base, there really should not be a heavy impact on most taxpayers, due to the fact that the mill rate per thousand should decrease significantly.

Mayor Brawders called for a voice vote on the amendment to Resolution No. 116. On voice vote the motion was defeated.

Roll was then called on Resolution No. 116 authorizing the contract with National Appraisal for a 1997 revaluation. On call of the roll: Ald. Rogers, Ald. Polk, Ald. Wendt, Ald. Oppermann, Ald. Beyer, and Ald. Carnes voted aye; Ald. Wagner voted no.

approval of the jefferson county bikeway/pedestrian plan

Ald. Oppermann introduced Resolution No. 117.

CITY OF JEFFERSON
RESOLUTION nO. 117

BE IT RESOLVED by the Common Council of the City of Jefferson that the Jefferson County Bikeway/Pedestrian Plan is hereby approved.

Ald. Oppermann, seconded by Ald. Beyer moved to approve Resolution No. 117.

Ald. Oppermann stated that the Park & Recreation Commission unanimously recommends this resolution.

Parks & Recreation Director Endl gave a brief explanation of how this Bikeway/Pedestrian Plan was accomplished. He stated that a representative from each community was involved. Director Endl was the City of Jefferson representative.

It was also explained that approving this resolution only shows the City of Jefferson's support for the project. Any funding needed for any portion of the City's part of the project would need to be looked at individually by the Common Council.

Roll was then called on Resolution No. 117 to approve the Jefferson County Bikeway/Pedestrian Plan. On call of the roll: Ald. Polk, Ald. Wendt, Ald. Oppermann, Ald. Beyer, Ald. Carnes, and Ald. Rogers voted aye; Ald. Wagner voted no.

authorizing the lease of st. john the baptist catholic church property for sledding purposes

Ald. Beyer introduced Resolution No. 118.

CITY OF JEFFERSON
RESOLUTION nO. 118

BE IT RESOLVED by the Common Council of the City of Jefferson that the City Administrator shall execute a lease of property with St. John the Baptist Catholic Church for recreational purposes for the sum of $1.

Ald. Beyer, seconded by Ald. Wendt moved to approve Resolution No. 118.

Parks & Recreation Director Endl explained the improvements that have been made possible in Oakridge Park by the Lions Club. One of the improvements is the creation of a formal area for sledding. Part of the land to be used, however, does belong to St. John the Baptist Catholic Church. Therefore, Director Endl approached the church for permission to use the field in the winter months for sledding.

City Attorney Scheibel stated that a lease was drawn up on the request of St. John's for insurance reasons, stating that St. John's will be held harmless in case of an accident.

Roll was then called on Resolution No. 118. On call of the roll, the motion carried unanimously.

approval of final plat for woodland court

Ald. Carnes introduced Resolution No. 119.

CITY OF JEFFERSON
RESOLUTION nO. 119

BE IT RESOLVED by the Common Council of the City of Jefferson that final plat approval for Woodland Court is hereby granted per terms and conditions as noted in the developer's agreement by and between the City of Jefferson and Peggy L. Winchell and Daniel J. Wenkman.

Ald. Carnes, seconded by Ald. Rogers moved to approve Resolution No. 119.

City Engineer Ludwig explained the developer's agreement that has been drawn up for Woodland Court.

After discussion, the resolution was passed on a voice vote.

presentation of space needs study by zimmerman design group

Mr. Tom Poweleit and Mr. John Sabinash of Zimmerman Design Group presented their completed study of our City Hall space needs.

Along with explaining the different possible solutions to the City's space needs, Mr. Poweleit and Mr. Sabinash also explained the costs associated with the different options.

The gentlemen from the Zimmerman Design Group then explained that the next step would be for the Council to meet and decide which option they wished to pursue, and in what time frame.

REPORTS

CHIEF OF POLICE

Chief Besel reported that he had a sight-in for deer hunters last weekend, which went very well.

Ald. Wendt inquired about annexing Highway 26 from Collins Road to Ryan Road. If that section of the highway were under the authority of the City, the City could enforce the speed limit in that area.

Chief Besel also reported that four tanks have been uncovered and removed from the old "Big A" property and some contamination was found.

CITY ENGINEER

City Engineer Ludwig reported that Collins Road is paved and striped. Due to the onset of cold weather, the parking and bicycle lane striping will occur next year.

North Parkway should be paved tomorrow, weather permitting, and North Jackson should be finished by Friday with help from the County Highway Department.

CITY ATTORNEY

City Attorney Scheibel stated that he had no report this evening other than to say that the Braun's foreclosure procedures are moving ahead.

CITY ADMINISTRATOR

City Administrator Schornack stated that he and the City Engineer have discussed and are in agreement that nothing more can be done with Crawfish Avenue until next year.

The City Administrator also reminded the Council of the first Comprehensive Plan Update Meeting, which will be held at City Hall by Vandewalle & Associates on Wednesday, November 20.

Ald. Oppermann inquired if the Parks Commission meeting could not be moved to another time. At this point in time it conflicts with the Comprehensive Plan meeting.

Ald. Wendt, seconded by Ald. Carnes moved to adjourn the November 19, 1996, meeting of the City of Jefferson Common Council. The motion carried unanimously.

These minutes of the November 19, 1996, meeting of the Common Council are uncorrected. Any corrections made thereto will be noted in the proceedings at which time the minutes are approved.

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